When dairy and eggs are gone, breakfast seems rather pointless to some. Not necessarily so!
If your family thrives on an early morning meal, here are 15 ideas from our family to yours, to help get your fast-day off to a good start.
1. Standard Cold Cereal
Many boxed cereals are just fine to consume during the Fast, but you’ll have to check the ingredient list to be certain. If you stick with the simpler ones, like puffed rice or wheat biscuits you should be fine.
Be sure to use non-dairy milk,There are so many to choose from like soy, almond, coconut, hemp, and our favorite: cashew! You can taste them and see which is right for your family’s tastes and dietary requirements and use them in coffee or cereal just like you would dairy milk. Fresh berries, chopped nuts, or coconut make great additions for variety and even more nutrition. My family likes this version of a raw cereal in the morning with cashew milk.
Raw Cereal Mix
There are no exact measurements for this breakfast cereal, but only suggestions for ingredients. Use whatever your family will find appealing! We like to mix up some with fresh peaches and pecans, or fresh apples and walnuts, Try fresh mango, dried pineapple , coconut, and macademia nuts! Use your imagination! Keep in mind, because it’s full of nutrient dense ingredients, (and it’s a lot to chew!) a little of this goes a long, long way! Serve about a scant cup as a generous serving.
A touch of maple syrup
A dash of cinnamon
Seeds: Pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, etc.
Nuts: Chopped almonds, pecans, walnuts, etc.
Dried Fruit: Coconut, raisins, dried cranberries, apricots, or other fruit, chopped
Fresh Fruits: strawberries, blueberries, peaches, apple, banana, etc, chopped
Pour on the dairy free (cashew) milk and enjoy!
2. Warm Cereal
Follow the package directions for your instant or quick oatmeal, using water, non dairy milk or even apple cider! For added nutrition, add some ground flax meal to your bowl as well.
Top with any or all of your favorite add-ons for a warm cereal.
Or...You can set up this delicious crockpot version the night before and wake up to the smell of a warm and hearty breakfast!
St. Barbara's Crockpot Oats
1 cup bulgur wheat
2 ½ cups non dairy milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 Tbsp brown sugar
½ cup dried cherries, fresh, or frozen cherries are fine as well...use more if you like lots of fruit. :)
¼ cup slivered almonds
Before going up to bed combine all the ingredients in a small crockpot and cook on low heat overnight. You can add a little more milk or water if needed in the morning, before serving. We usually make this for the feast of St. Barbara, thus the cherries, but you can use any kind of fruit and flavorings you like to suit your taste and your pantry.
If you are lucky enough to own a high speed blender, this is a very quick and nutritious breakfast to take along with you to work or school. In our house, we definitely have our favorite flavor combinations, but we are always sure to follow this basic recipe, and blend well.
Greens: a large handful, use kale, spinach, collards, parsley, etc.
Banana or Avocado (half) for a creamy texture
Seeds: Tablespoon of Flax meal, chia , or hemp
A Pitted Date: for sweetness and fiber
Frozen Fruit: bags of this are available at most markets. We love mango, pineapple, peaches, berries, cherries
Liquid: Some like water only, some like non-dairy milks like almond, coconut or cashew.
Some Optional Ingredients to consider:
Nuts: Any are great, but Cashews or Peanuts are our favorites
Vegetables like: Carrots, beets, celery, sweet potato, celery, cucumber, etc
Fruits like: Apple, Pear, Melon, Berries, watermelon, cantaloupe, etc.
Cinnamon, Peanut Butter, raw cacao nibs, coconut
,…you can have a different smoothie every day!
4. Toast ( once again, check ingredient list or make your own!)
You would be surprised at all of the beautiful and nutritious breads, bagels, and even English muffins that are made dairy and oil free!
You can enjoy your toast with nut butter, jam, apple butter, or honey; but we enjoy ours toasted, then rubbed with a split clove of garlic and topped with sliced fresh tomato and basil, or smashed avocado and a splash of lemon.
5. Baked Sweet Potato with Hummus
A great hot breakfast! Scrub a whole sweet potato and poke it with a few steam vents then wrap it in a damp towel and microwave! Enjoy with prepared hummus on top, and on a bed of raw spinach or baby greens.
6. Oatmeal Fruit Crisp
A great hot breakfast, just substitute almost any kind of fresh, frozen or even canned fruit!
Filling: 4 cups chopped apples, peaches, berries, etc.
2 tsp cornstarch
Up to a tablespoon of sugar, if necessary, (depending on the sweetness of the fruit)
1/4 cup raisins, optional
1 Tbsp ground cinnamon, for apple filling
2 cups rolled oats (quick oats are ok too!)
1/2 cup melted coconut oil
1/2 cup brown sugar
Place fruit, cornstarch and any optional filling ingredients into a large baking dish and mix to combine. In a separate bowl, combine all topping ingredients. Spread topping over filling in the baking dish and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until the center of the casserole bubbles. Cool slightly before serving.
Variations: for fruit, use fresh or frozen frozen strawberries (with or without rhubarb), peaches, blueberries, cherries or mixed berries; fresh apples or pears.
For added fiber and omega-3's add 1/4 cup ground flaxseed meal to your topping mix!
7. Homemade Granola
Kids love this! Its fun to make up our own varieties by adjusting the ingredient list on this basic recipe. Serve it by the handful as a trail mix, or over some chopped fresh fruits for breakfast.
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup seeds (any or all: sunflower, pumpkin, flax, sesame, chia, hemp hearts, poppyseeds, etc.)
1 cup nuts (any or all: walnuts, pecans, almonds, pistachios, hazelnuts, cashews, peanuts, cacao nibs, etc.)
½ cup honey, maple syrup, or any flavor jam or jelly
⅓ cup melted coconut oil